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Price to Create Bed

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by CT18fireman, Jun 16, 2004.

  1. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 611

    Never had this request before. Usually we do everything including plantings and mulch.

    This customer wants a bed created in an oval about 15 x 20 ft. Conditions are grass and it used to be a farm so should be easy work. He wants the sod cut out and the whole bed turned and prepared so he can plant.

    What do you guys think?

    I may have a mini x on the job doing a retaining wall so I need to know a price both by hand and with a machine so I can give him teh correct one.
  2. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 538

    $150.00 for the sod removal. $75.00 for the tilling plus cost of compost.
  3. landscapingpoolguy

    landscapingpoolguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    I would just till the sod right into teh ground and let it compost itself....a good tiller will tear up everything nice and fine....easily 150- 200$
  4. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,898

    You need to kill the grass before you either till it or remove it. Otherwise you will get grass coming up through the beds.

    If you are doing the planting, my recommendation would be to spray the grass with Round-up (assuming you are licensed to spray), then come back the next day and plant it. Mulch right over the grass.

    If the client is doing the planting, you would be better off stripping the sod, then tilling. Yeah, in theory a good tiller will tear it up pretty well, but even our 4' PTO driven tiller won't shread all of the sod clumps. I'm still pulling them out of my garden....

    As for price, it's like every thing else. Figure what equipment you will need, your materials, and how long you think it will take multiplied by your hourly rate. What someone else on here says to charge is what they would charge, and they don't have the same overhead and expenses that you do.....

  5. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 611

    I definately am going to remove the sod. Just the kind of customer this is. I know that with the mini x it will only take minutes and just trying to come up with a fair price for the work.

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